Bike Wise announces supreme winner of NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle
This summer, Bike Wise asked Kiwis to nominate and vote for their favourite places to cycle from around New Zealand. After receiving thousands of votes, New Zealand has spoken! The winner of the esteemed title of ‘NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle’ is The Redwoods in Rotorua.
The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest) also took out the category win for NZ’s favourite ‘off-road/adventure ride’ this year. Areas from around NZ competed against each other in four categories with the winners decided by popular vote. A total of 6,823 votes were cast across 20 places competing for the top spot.
The 2015 category winners are:
- Nga Haerenga - NZ Cycle Trail: Otago Rail Trail
- Off-Road or Adventure Ride and overall winner: The Redwoods (Whakarewarewa Forest), Rotorua
- Urban Trail or Commute: Taupo lake front trails
- On-Road Ride: Taupo and surrounds
Dougal List, National Cycling Manager for the NZ Transport Agency, the organisation which funds and coordinates Bike Wise, says the competition is about Kiwi’s identifying, sharing and celebrating their favourite places to cycle.
“The many thousands of votes and nominations received demonstrate just how many Kiwis love to cycle and the myriad of well-loved places where we can ride our bikes.
“The Redwoods in Rotorua has taken out NZ’s Favourite Place to Cycle two years running, so it shows what a popular destination this is for people who cycle,” says Mr List.
People who placed nominations and votes were automatically entered into a draw to win an Avanti Montari mountain bike and helmet sponsored by Avantiplus.
NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle competition was first launched in February 2014 to celebrate Bike Wise Month, which takes place in February each year and involves a festival of fun cycling events.
For more background information about NZ’s Favourite Places to Cycle visit:
|NZ Cycle Trail - Nga Haerenga||Off-road or adventure ride||Urban trail or commute||On-road ride|
|1||Otago Rail Trail||The Redwoods, Rotorua||Taupo lake front trails||Taupo and Surrounds|
|2||Great Lake Trail, Taupo||Wanaka lake and river tracks||New Plymouth Coastal Walkway||Wellington Bays|
|3||Hawke's Bay Trails||Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, Karori||Nelson urban trails||Port Hills, Christchurch|
|4||Hauraki Rail Trail||Taupo trails - includes Huka Falls and Aratiatia||Napier||Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough|
|5||Tasman's Great Taste Trail||Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo||Hastings||Auckland City Bays|
|Overall ranking across four categories|
|1||The Redwoods, Rotorua|
|2||Taupo lake front trails|
|3||Otago Rail Trail|
|4||Great Lake Trail, Taupo|
|5||Taupo and surrounds|
|7||New Plymouth Coastal Walkway|
|8||Nelson urban trails|
|9||Hawke's Bay Trails|
|10||Wanaka lake and river tracks|
|11||Port Hills, Christchurch|
|12||Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, Karori|
|13||Hauraki Rail Trail|
|14||Taupo Trails - includes Huka Falls and Aratiatia|
|15||Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough|
|17||Tasman's Great Taste Trail|
|18||Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo|
|19||Auckland City Bays|